The All-Star Break is in the rear-view mirror and it’s time for the National Hockey League playoff races to heat up. As the playoffs get closer, so does the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Here’s a brief snapshot of what’s being said regarding the Calgary Flames and the upcoming roster deadline.
Appears @FriedgeHNIC is loosely linking NYR to Calgary for Zuccarello. A lot of solid prospects there, and Calgary has a deep enough pool that Gorton could get a good pull. Will be something to keep an eye on.
— Joe Fortunato (@JoeFortunatoBSB) January 31, 2019
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek briefly discuss Calgary’s potential interest in New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello on the latest edition of their 31 Thoughts podcast.
I think Calgary might have some interest in Zuccarello, or something like there as a depth guy. I think Calgary is looking for some depth on the wing.
Zuccarello, 31, carries a $4.5 million cap hit for this season and is a pending unrestricted free agent. He has eight goals and 24 points in 2018-19.
Micheal Ferland (and toughness)
In a radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, TSN and The Athletic columnist Pierre LeBrun shared his thoughts on what the Flames might be looking for prior to the trade deadline. As many have, LeBrun linked the Flames to Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland (via Nichols on Hockey):
I think in terms of Calgary, it wouldn’t surprise me at some point in time if they phoned Carolina on Ferland. But some way to get some size up front. They’ve had a great year.
Ferland, 26, makes $1.75 million this season and is another pending UFA. He has 13 goals and 25 points this season with the Hurricanes.
LeBrun said he seems the Flames being aggressive, and noted that they were close to getting Ryan Reaves last summer – potentially an indication that they’d like a bit more size, snarl or toughness as they head into the meat grinder that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ryan Dzingel and Gustav Nyquist
Our friends at TSN have been posting short video updates on many NHL’s clubs in their TradeCentre War Room.
The @NHLFlames are only 5 points out of first overall.
So what's the top deadline priority?@CraigJButton & @frank_seravalli discuss in the TradeCentre War Room. @7ElevenCanada #ThatsHockey pic.twitter.com/eNkrt1myNp
— Gino Reda (@GinoRedaTSN) January 29, 2019
In their latest update, Frank Seravalli and Craig Button link the Flames to Ferland, Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel and Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist. Dzingel, 26, makes $1.8 million this season and becomes a UFA on July 1. He has 20 goals and 38 points for the Senators this season. Nyquist, 29, makes $4.75 million this season, has a no-trade clause, and also becomes a UFA on July 1. He’s produced consistently (11 goals and 43 points) on a very lean Red Wings squad, and he’d likely be a big help providing the Flames with secondary scoring.
For what it’s worth, Ottawa-area reporter Kevin Vallee reported a couple weeks back that the Flames have chatted with the Senators regarding Dzingel. The asking price was reportedly a bit rich for the Flames – for now – but keep it in mind.
J'ai appris d'un membre de l'organisation des Flames que les Sénateurs demandent bel et bien un choix de 1er tour pour l'attaquant Ryan Dzingel.
— Kevin Vallée (@KevinMVallee) January 19, 2019
The Flames are a potent offensive team, but it’s probably no shock that they’re being linked to several players that could provide them with secondary offensive help on the wings. Their first line seems locked in, but every other line can probably use a bit of offensive oomph once the postseason begins. Zuccarello, in particular, could be a nice fit as he brings a mixture of speed, skill and snarl to the wing.
The locals are definitely kicking tires on some roster additions, but what those upgrades could cost will ultimately determine what they do prior to the 1 p.m. MT deadline on Feb. 25. The likely asking price right now for anything of significance is a first round pick and a prospect.